Rose Hill Funeral Home & Burial Park

3653 W Market St, Akron, OH


Richard "Rick" Diefendorf

November 7, 1955October 31, 2019

Richard “Rick” Diefendorf, age 63, passed away peacefully October 31st ,2019 after a long battle with a multitude of health issues.

Rick was born on November 7th, 1955 in Akron, Ohio. He was a respected auto mechanic that developed strong customer relationships thru his honest demeanor. He was also a true mentor to several mechanics still working in the area. Rick lived a selfless life that truly put the needs of others over his own. He was a natural ‘builder’ and ‘fixer’ with anything that was mechanical. His failing health the last few years took away the ability to finally build something for himself. Rick was available to all with just a phone call and his help in our lives will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth Diefendorf and Dorothy Wiley; and brother-in-law Mike Cappadona.

Rick is survived by his wife, Madelyn, of 43 years; son Christopher (Beth) Diefendorf of Akron; daughters Lee-Ann (Steven) Brinley of Akron, and Michelle (Raymond) Bochert of Florida; grandchildren Elizabeth, Alison, Cole, Danny, Danielle, Brooke and Emma; sister Cherie Cappadona; brother Kenneth “Kenny” (Denise) Diefendorf; step-mother Marlene Diefendorf; and special extended family Todd (Julie) Romine and their sons Tyler and Trent.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Rick’s name to Portage Lakes Career Center 4401 Shirver Rd Uniontown, OH 44685.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 5th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and the Funeral Service on Wednesday, November 6th at 11:00 AM at the Rose Hill Funeral Home 3653 W Market St Akron, OH 44333. Interment Rose Hill Burial Park. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.rosehillbp.com


  • Portage Lakes Career Center


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Richard "Rick" Diefendorf

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Ken Diefendorf

November 5, 2019

I have to say goodbye my brother I'm so sorry I couldn't be there . Thoughts and prayers for our family.

Mick and Anita Ross

November 3, 2019

Madelyn, we are so sorry for you great loss. We have so many great memories of you both we have truly missed you guys..

Katie Beal

November 2, 2019

Uncle Rick was always good for a laugh and a hug. He will be greatly missed. Lots of prayers for all of you. Lots of love too.

Wanda Milhoan

November 2, 2019

God bless you all in your time of need. From all of at cut an dry.

Mandy Boyd

November 2, 2019

So sorry for this loss. I love you all. 💗